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Across the nation and around the globe, COVID-19 is affecting the way we work, live and interact with others.
As Minnesota leaders have begun to place restrictions on certain businesses, Housing First Minnesota felt it important to connect with Gov. Tim Walz to inform him and his administration about the proactive measures the housing industry has taken to continue to operate.
On Friday, March 20, Housing First Minnesota wrote the Minnesota Governor, outlining the steps taken to protect employees and reduce COVID-19 transmission. Housing First Minnesota also asked that should a “shelter-in-place” order be given, that housing production remains able to continue. Several areas of the country with these limitations have allowed construction to continue.
The letter also outlined consideration of downstream impacts to the housing industry, including home closings and other agreements that could be affected by such an order.
Business Community Response
Housing First Minnesota joined more than 60 business organizations on March 19 in a letter to Minnesota leaders. Along with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Medical Alley, and dozens of regional Chamber organizations, the business community asked Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders urging timely action on a number of policy and regulatory changes to support businesses struggling to maintain their operations in these difficult times.
Several leading construction trade organizations, including Housing First Minnesota signed a letter on March 23, calling on Gov. Tim Walz to keep their members building during the coming weeks.
Housing First Minnesota staff is working around the clock to keep you aware of the latest information about COVID-19. For the latest news and information, visit housingfirstmn.org, the Housing First Minnesota blog, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.